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4.0001064906022 out of 54.0001064906022 out of 54.0001064906022 out of 54.0001064906022 out of 54.0001064906022 out of 5 4.00 (18,781 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tamora Pierce Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Protector of the Small Series Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780739361825
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Kel fights to maintain the rigorous regimen of a page while confronting the prejudices that come with being a female in a man's world and coping with a crush on her closest friend, Neal.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Tamora Pierce creates epic worlds populated by girls and women of bravery, heart, and strength. Her work inspired a generation of writers and continues to inspire us. HOLLY BLACK, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • Few authors can slay so effectively with a single sentence—I mean fist-in-the-air, shouting-at-my-book slay—as Tamora Pierce. All these years later, I still draw strength from her words. MARIE LU, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • Tamora Pierce is a seminal figure in the fantasy field of writing, turning out one terrific book after another. TERRY BROOKS, New York Times bestselling author of the Sword of Shannara trilogy
  • It’s impossible to overstate Tamora Pierce’s impact on children’s literature. Her tough, wise, and wonderful heroines have inspired generations of readers. RAE CARSON, New York Times bestselling author
  • In the world of YA fantasy, there’s before Tamora Pierce, and then after her female heroes started kicking down the doors (and walls, and other barriers)! BRUCE COVILLE, New York Times bestselling author
  • Tamora Pierce is a trailblazer for so many fantasy writers, hacking through the old tropes with her narrative machete and showing us that girl-centered adventures are not just possible but amazing. RACHEL HARTMAN, New York Times bestselling author
  • Tamora Pierce’s writing is like water from the swiftest, most refreshingly clear, invigorating, and revitalizing river. GARTH NIX, New York Times bestselling author
  • Tamora Pierce is gloriously unafraid to give her readers joy and laughter along with adventure and struggle, to let us love her characters wholeheartedly and find the best of ourselves in them. NAOMI NOVIK, New York Times bestselling author
  • Tamora Pierce and her brilliant heroines didn’t just break down barriers; they smashed them with magical fire. KATHERINE ARDEN, author of The Bear and the Nightingale
  • Tamora Pierce’s bold, courageous heroines illuminate the journey to womanhood. CALLIE BATES, author of The Waking Land
  • Tamora Pierce is the queen of YA fantasy, and we are all happy subjects in her court. JESSICA CLUESS, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning
  • Tamora Pierce’s novels gave me a different way of seeing the world. They were like nothing I’d encountered before. Alanna stormed her way into my thirteen-year-old heart and told me that I could write gorgeous, complicated novels about vibrantly real people in fantastic situations, and to be honest, she’s never left. ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON, award-winning author of Love Is the Drug

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 colleen | 7/24/2017

    " protector of the small is one of the best of tamora pierce books. to hear it is better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Lu | 2/17/2014

    " Also good.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 2/13/2014

    " I love Kel so MUCH! I seriously read this entire book with a goofy smile plastered on my face. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 2/8/2014

    " Re-reading an oldie but a goodie. Love this series :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simone | 1/30/2014

    " This is a solid continuation of the Protector of the Small series, and we get to follow Kel through her time as a page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zainab | 1/8/2014

    " Not too sure why I love these books so much...it's not better than the Alanna series, nor is it worse in any sense. it's just different. Can't wait to make all my younger cousins read this -the girls will definitely love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gorgo Mage | 12/14/2013

    " meh, not as good as the lioness quintet set "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heide | 12/7/2013

    " Quick rockin read. I haven't read new fantastic young adult fantasy for awhile. These are awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/7/2013

    " This series is really fun to read but contains material that is not appropriate for young readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristal | 8/20/2013

    " AS always Tamora Pierce writes an amazing tale. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan457 | 3/6/2013

    " Keladry is my favorite character of Tortall so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 8/21/2012

    " Tamora Pierce's YA series are always fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 6/22/2012

    " kel can handle it ;D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anndee | 6/14/2012

    " Another good one in the series. Makes my drive go by quickly. Sometimes I even take the scenic route so I can listen longer. Next one is on order. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Starry | 4/8/2012

    " Go Kel go! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 2/20/2012

    " I would have probably rated this a 3.5 book if I had been able. This is a fun series with a strong female character. This book finishes Kel's training as a Page, and she waits to find out if she is able to continue her training as a Squire. Not quite Ranger's Apprentice, but a great youth series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie S. | 11/19/2011

    " I really like how Kel proves herself in so many ways, and how her dog, Jump, and the many sparrows are always by her side. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Olsen | 6/30/2011

    " Covering 4 years of time in one short book? Meh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 6/8/2011

    " Still interesting and a good book, I do enjoy this series. I kind of want to take a break from it, but would rather just finish it (there's only a few books left) so I don't have to come back and review things I forgot later on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 4/24/2011

    " The Protector of the Small quartet is particularly innovative on Pierce's part. Very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anndee | 4/21/2011

    " Another good one in the series. Makes my drive go by quickly. Sometimes I even take the scenic route so I can listen longer. Next one is on order. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/24/2011

    " Enjoyed this one more than the first one =) Kel is finally beginning to learn it's okay to show emotions "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 2/13/2011

    " I love how Tamora Pierce. I love seeing the thought process of Keladry and how she solves her problems. It is hard to think though that in this book she is only 11-14, some of the things that happen seem outrageous for someone so young. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/2/2011

    " I have really enjoyed this storyline between book 1 and book 2. A young girl trying to make it in a man's world and surprise surprise she comes out ahead of the all but not without putting up a fight, literally. Going to search in hopes for a book 3. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nichole | 12/4/2010

    " Not bad, but I liked the first one so much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loretta | 11/23/2010

    " See! Girls can do anything!

    A fabulous entertaining work! "

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About the Author
Author Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce has published more than two dozen novels, including the New York Times bestseller Bloodhound. She has authored eighteen novels set in the fantasy realm of Tortall, winning her much acclaim. Emperor Mage was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She is the winner of the Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, the Skylark Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.”

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.